Brit­tons Hill res­i­dents cau­tious about crime

Rox­anne Jones show­ing where the two armed and masked men emerged from be­hind a parked car.

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Many peo­ple in Brit­tons Hill, St Michael, have turned a part of their homes into out­door eater­ies.

How­ever, re­cent gun­point rob­beries have af­fected the area, caus­ing at least one per­son to aban­don their busi­ness ven­ture. This week Street Beat spoke to a few en­trepreneurs in Brit­tons Hill about the Christ­mas sea­son and the re­cent in­ci­dents of crime.

For Rox­anne Jones in Scott’s Gap, a brush with armed gun­men was more than enough for her to call it quits. She said she had been robbed at gun­point a mere cou­ple of weeks be­fore armed men had also robbed David Benn at nearby Brit­tons Cross Road and since then, she had been wary.

“I used to sell food out here on week­ends. On the night of De­cem­ber 2 or 3 we were lim­ing with friends we hadn’t seen in a long time when we see two men wear­ing masks com­ing from across the road,” she said.

Jones said what hap­pened next was a blur but when it was over, the armed men had made off with their mo­biles and cash.

“I scream out and end up on the ground, I don’t know how. They had guns and took ev­ery­body money and cell­phones. Since then, I haven’t opened my side door to sell any­thing and I don’t think I ever will again,” she said.

Too para­noid

Jones said she was ac­cus­tomed to hav­ing a merry Christ­mas but not this time as she was too para­noid.

“It was def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ent Christ­mas for me. I wasn’t work­ing as usual and I’m still on edge all now. I don’t want to ex­pe­ri­ence that again but I’m glad they got caught, I can at least feel bet­ter about that,” she said.

It was also a bit­ter sweet Christ­mas at Tele’s Va­ri­ety and Bar on Layne’s Road al­though be­cause of a dif­fer­ent crime, one which claimed the life of a loved one.

“We sell drinks and food, usu­ally on week­ends. The Fri­day be­fore Christ­mas was so-so, very quiet un­like a reg­u­lar Fri­day and Christ­mas and Box­ing Day was a day for the family to get to­gether as we had lost a son [to gun crime],” said owner Ovin “Steve” Tele­maque.

He said this sea­son was slow for small busi­ness peo­ple, hav­ing heard from friends with shops who told him many times that it was just them in the store. He said many peo­ple tended to eat out when they went shop­ping and came home full, so they didn’t fre­quent the vil­lage food spots.

As for crime, Tele­maque said he

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